About the Animal Behavior Clinic of New Jersey

We Are Here to Help

We get it. You really don’t like the way your pet is behaving and/or feel badly that your pet is feeling anxious or aggressive. You want your pet to be happy but also would like to be able to improve his or her behavior so both you and your pet can live a less stressful life and a life filled with more joy than angst.

Here at the Animal Behavior Clinic of New Jersey (ABC of NJ) we know how critical it is to help you and your pets establish a healthy way to communicate and understand each other. Sometimes our pets are totally normal and just trying their best to fit into our human world which can lead to behavior problems. Other times, their brains may be a bit, well… “off balance”, or in more technical terms, neurodivergent. Either way, we are here to help.

Dr. Levine has spent many years studying the field of animal behavior and veterinary medicine for one purpose: to help families and pets understand each other, improve the welfare and quality of life of the pets and thereby, improve the life of the whole family. This passion led to the creation of The ABC of NJ.

Dr. Levine and her team understand how very stressful living with pets with behavioral issues can be. She and her team also understand that you love your pet and need some qualified help and guidance to understand why your pet is engaging in certain behaviors and the options that may help. Every family and pet is unique. This clinic is a judgement free zone and a safe space to talk about your concerns and hopes. We are here to help and give guidance. 

At ABC of NJ, we strive to provide high quality behavioral health care where we promise to be direct and honest while also maintaining compassion and care.

The behavior team works together to offer a range of treatment options for our patients in a manner that is safe, effective, and based on principles of learning theory, neuroscience, ethology, and behavioral medicine. The clinic’s seasoned support team works closely with Dr. Levine to implement treatment plans that utilize years of education, experience, and research. We work with pets with aggression, anxiety, hyper-arousal, frustration, compulsive behaviors, house-soiling, senility, separation related problems, and more.

Our Behavior Team

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Dr. Emily Levine, DVM, DACVB

Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists

Dr. Emily Levine started her career at The College of Veterinary Medicine at Mississippi State University graduating in 2000. She completed a one-year internship at a specialty medical and surgical referral hospital in Arizona, followed by a residency in animal behavior at The Cornell University Hospital for Animals. After completing her residency, Dr. Levine moved to England where she ran the behavior clinic at the University of Lincoln, participated in clinical behavior research, and worked as an instructor. Dr. Levine then spent 13 years at the Animal Emergency and Referral Associates in Fairfield NJ where she was the director of the behavior service. She has authored several papers in peer-reviewed journals and textbooks, as well as co-edited international proceedings on behavior research. She has written an award winning children’s book to help teach young children (and their parents) how to safely live with dogs. She enjoys learning about each pet she sees and their human caretakers!


Elena DeJesus

Elena De Jesus

Veterinary Technician
Elena DeJesus is a Veterinary Technician who’s curiosity with behavioral problems brought her to the Animal Behavior Clinic of New Jersey. Elena grew up in the Pocono Mountains where she volunteered at the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center and local animal shelters in Monroe county. Elena’s +5 years of experience in general practice had peaked her interest for pet behavior and the emotional health of animals. She plans on continuing her journey in academics to become a Certified Veterinary Technician in the near future. When Elena isn’t working she loves to spend time with her 1 year old Italian greyhound, Cannoli. She also enjoys shuffling/cutting shapes. Check out a video here! https://youtube.com/shorts/BABUPlH8Hfo?feature=share

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Our dog had several behavior issues including biting, anxiety, and grabbing and chewing items around the house. Thanks to Dr. Levine and animal behavior clinic she is doing so great! She can be left alone out of the crate when we aren’t home, has completely stopped biting, and is adapting really well to our new baby. We’re so happy our vet recommended Animal Behavior Clinic.
– Ashley, John, & Nutmeg V.

Dr. Levine has truly been a game changer for us. We adopted Leo knowing he had issues but we did not know to what extent. Our wonderful trainer, Lauren, referred us to Dr. Levine and we have seen SUCH improvement. We are so happy with our results and the time that Dr. Levine takes to listen to us. If you’re on the edge about meeting with a behavior therapist – do it. I promise you will not be disappointed.

Colleen, Chris and Leo

I’m so happy I found you and my puppy is going to be okay ultimately!
I can’t thank you enough!!!!

Rocki P.

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